Concordia has won 39 straight NCAA Tournament matches
Six-time defending national champion third-ranked Concordia University, St. Paul (32-3) defeated second-ranked Minnesota Duluth (33-3) to advance to their seventh-consecutive Elite Eight last Saturday evening in Duluth. The Golden Bears knocked off the Bulldogs in four sets with scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-20, ending the host school UMD's season. Concordia has won 39 straight NCAA Tournament matches.
The Golden Bears' Cental Region title was their seventh in a row and ninth in 11 trips to the region final. Concordia will take on the top-ranked Tampa Spartans on Thursday in a rematch of the 2012 national title match. Concordia also played Tampa back on September 14 in Denver and won in four sets, handing the Spartans their only loss of the season.
Concordia has now won 39-consecutive matches in NCAA Tournament play, last losing in the regional title match in 2006 to Minnesota Duluth. Concordia holds a 49-4 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and is 9-2 in regional final matches. Concordia is 29-2 in regional tournament play.
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